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Pacific Marine Reserves 'Turn 10'

October 9, 2009

PORT OXFORD, Ore. - As Oregon inches toward creating a system of marine reserves to protect some of the fish species and underwater habitat along the coast, California's marine reserves are celebrating a big milestone. This weekend marks ten years since the Marine Life Protection Act went into effect; the first state law of its kind, giving California its marine reserve system.

Former state assemblyman Fred Keeley is the original author of the law, and he says it has worked well to protect habitat and replenish fish populations.

"What you end up with is a much, much healthier ocean environment. The species that do exist in there are more robust and more plentiful."

Some commercial fishermen believe the new preserves would close too much of the ocean to fishing, but Keeley says, in California, the protected areas have left at least 90 percent of the Pacific open to fishing. Some areas may be off-limits to fishing or limited to certain species, says Keeley, but the idea is to treat the ocean as an environment.

"We don't want to try to deal with protection of all the species in the ocean species-by-species, but instead treat it as what it is - it is an entire eco-system."

Here in Oregon, public meetings are being held this month about the first two pilot sites for marine reserves. They are Otter Rock, north of Newport, and Redfish Rocks near Port Orford. The meetings will be held in Salem on Oct. 20, Port Orford on Oct. 21 and Otter Rock on the 22nd. A total of six sites are being considered.

More information about the MPLA is online at, and about the Oregon marine reserve proposals at

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR